Creating an outdoor living area that is pleasant and stunning is as simple as following a few key rules. Transform yours from lifeless to lively with these tips for decorating outdoor spaces.
Even though summer is drawing to a close, there is still plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor living space. It’s not too late to consider making your porch, patio, deck, or yard all that it can be! As you plan, remember to take into account all of your space. Not having solid walls and a ceiling means that you can get really creative in using the space you do have.
1. Look Up
Outdoor living space has the benefit of natural lighting. However, other forms of lighting are essential to a beautiful outdoor design. If you have a ceiling or roof over your outdoor living space, then it may be very easy to add a lovely, antique lantern. How about a chandelier, depending on your taste.
If hard-wiring a light fixture isn’t possible, consider using candles, battery operated lights, Christmas lights, or solar lights. This space makes use of a chandelier and strings of lights.
If you don’t have a ceiling to work with create one by adding a large outdoor umbrella or beautiful canopy tent.
2. Look Down
Your outdoor “floor” may be wood, stone, concrete, grass or any combination. Consider what look you can achieve, by adding or changing those materials. A rug is an easy and relatively inexpensive design element that packs a lot of punch. Choose one that enhances and coordinates with your color scheme and the surroundings.
Notice in the picture linked above, that the bright citron and lime greens in the plants are reflected in the green accent pillows. In an outdoor space, plants are a vital part of the decor. Select your plants carefully, and choose ones that will complement the fabrics and decorations you choose (and vice versa!). Also consider selecting plants that will be hardy through the winter or putting your pots on casters for easy relocation.
4. Color Scheme
Before adding items to your outdoor living space, select a color scheme and stick to it! Fabrics are a great way to enhance your color scheme and provide interest in your outdoor living space. There are many outdoor fabrics available, and you shouldn’t be afraid to throw in some bold colors or to mix patterns. Furniture, rugs, lighting fixtures, and plants should all be considered as elements in your color scheme.
When choosing furniture for your outdoor living space, make a list of the ways in which you plan to use it. Will you be dining there frequently, reading by yourself, entertaining guests, hanging out poolside?
Test out the furniture before you buy it. If it’s comfortable, you and your guests will be more likely to use it. Think about both the style of the pieces you choose. Do they go with your color scheme and decor style? Purchase quality pieces that will last well, stand up to weather, require little maintenance. If possible, be able to be stored during the winter to prolong the life of the furniture. Check out these tips by Better Homes and Gardens.